About 10 million Americans have a condition that can cause their fingers to bend and curl into their palms. Dupuytren (DOOP-uh-tren) disease—named after a 19th-century physician—is a chronic, oftentimes debilitating genetic illness that targets a thin layer of skin in the palm of the hand, called the fascia. As the illness progresses, the fascia becomes so damaged it causes one or more fingers to contract, or pull inward in a claw-like fashion. This stage is called Dupuytren’s contracture. Learn what three hand surgeons say about Dupuytren disease—an often-misunderstood condition that affects 3% of Americans.Read More
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